The American Dental Association advises that healthy adults have a routine teeth cleaning every six months or every year, depending on the situation. However, a routine cleaning is often one of the most neglected aspects of healthcare. Many people in Stuart, FL and elsewhere do not seek out a dentist until they are in pain or a tooth has visible damage. Routine cleanings are essential to the health of your mouth and their importance should not be overlooked, regardless of how packed your schedule may be. You stand to gain plenty of benefits for having a routine cleaning at least once a year.
Early Cancer Detection
Nobody wants to think about it, but cancer is something all of us need to be vigilant about. Most cancers are extremely survivable now, providing they are caught early enough. Cancer that is caught while in its earliest stages is also far less disfiguring than cancer found after it has spread. During a teeth cleaning appointment, our dentist inspects your gums, tongue and soft pallet for any unusual spots or lesions. He can see areas that are next to impossible to see yourself, even if you own a dental mirror and try to look everywhere on your own. This screening alone makes your teeth cleaning well worth the time.
Early Decay and Disease Detection
Catching problems while they are small is one of the joys of dentistry. A tiny cavity can sometimes be filled without using any numbing injections and may only take minutes. If allowed to grow in size and depth, however, the same cavity can intrude into the pulp of the tooth and require a root canal procedure. A mild case of gingivitis can be treated at home and cleared up, while advanced gum disease can cause tooth loss. Having your teeth checked over on a routine basis can save you a lot of hassle and discomfort in the future.
Even if you’ve been told you have a perfect or near-perfect bite in the past, it is still possible to develop uneven wear in your teeth from the way you chew. This is especially common in people who chew objects, such as pens, ice cubes or their own fingernails. Uneven wear that is caught early can be fixed with behavioral changes, a mouth guard or other techniques. By contrast, uneven wear that isn’t caught early can bloom into a malocclusion that could necessitate more extensive repair work at our office in Stuart, FL.
Better Overall Health
Our teeth are responsible for breaking down our food, helping us to speak properly and also holding our jaws in alignment. Clenching your teeth can also trigger migraines. Without routine dental care, you may suffer from indigestion or headaches and have no idea your mouth is the root cause. By having a teeth cleaning, our dentist may be able to advise you of these issues before you start taking medications or having medical scans.
If you have been putting off your routine teeth cleaning, now is the time to rectify your mistake and get a checkup. At the office of Dr. Michael Sohl in Stuart, FL, we are committed to helping our patients have healthy, radiant smiles for life. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!